Tropical Storm Andrea

Hurricane season officially started on June 1st. Part of me really is trying to think of something funny to put in there, comparing it amusingly to hunting season or something, but I’ve got nothing.

Anyway, hurricane season started on Saturday and, well, would you look at that? We’ve got a tropical storm warning already. Tropical Storm Andrea is making a bunch of noise off the coast and heading our way.

There isn’t any reason for concern, since she’s only a little tropical storm and likely to break up shortly after making landfall. She’ll bring a lot of rain, the forecasters are saying, and work her way up from Florida/Alabama up along the coast of Georgia and the Carolinas. We’re going to have some rough waters off the coast, so swimming is not advisable once she’s out there. But other than that, it’s not a big deal.

It’s basically like the equivalant of a snow storm. Driving through it will be hard to see. There’s likely to be gusting winds. The ground will be slick and moisture in the air will make people cold and damp. Stay away from areas that just not very safe to be at during a storm. And wear good boots, if you’ve got them.

Not a big deal.

Happy belated anniversary to Mom and Dad!

Happy belated birthday to Tim, Mae, Amy, and Isaac!

I’ve been a bit preoccupied lately… I’ll try to write more about the last couple weeks in a day or so.

Mom and Dad visited!

Visit with Mom & Dad was AWESOME!

Mom & Dad on Hilton Head Island

They arrived Tuesday just as I was sitting down to eat my leftover beets and sweet potatoes for lunch. We all sat around chatting for a while until Dad got bored and decided to fix things. So within about 15 minutes of being at my house, Dad had fixed the broken garbage disposal that had been broken since before Christmas. (Turns out, having the right tools was 90% of the solution.)

We went down to Savannah to wander around on Tuesday, walking through a whole bunch of the squares downtown and along Bay street down by the river. We went past the big church, but unfortunately it’s under construction, so we couldn’t go in.

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

But we did get chocolate and salt water taffy from Savannah Candy Kitchen, so all was not lost. And then we had dinner at the Mellow Mushroom before heading home to play card games and chat until late at night.

Today, Dad looked at the ice maker on our fridge because the ice always smells like farts and nobody wants to drink something that smells like farts. Mom and I ran into town get get a gift for Ethan’s birthday (Happy birthday, Ethan!). And then we all went to Hilton Head Island for lunch at the Atlanta Bread Company before walking out on the beach and wonder at all the sea slugs on the sand.

Sea slug thing? I have no idea what this is.

We have no idea what these things are but they were all over the sand today!

We stopped by Lowe’s on the way home for a new hose for the ice maker in the freezer and then went home so they could get on the road again. They left here between 3 and 4 o’clock, on their way up to northeast Georgia to spend the night. We haven’t heard from them yet, so they’re probably still on the road. It’s about a 5 hour drive, so I’m not surprised.

All in all, it was a short, but fantastic visit! I had a lot of fun showing them around the area where we live. The weather was absolutely perfect, with clear blue skies and temperatures in the mid, to upper 70s and mild humidity. I was delighted to have them in town, even for such a short amount of time.

It was wonderful! And I miss them already!

Happy birthday, Mom!

I have to post again so I can get that story about the spiders away from being the first thing on the page.

First off, Happy birthday, Mom!! I hope you’re having a wonderful day!  As soon as I finish this, I should call, I’ve just lost track of time.

In other news, Jessi got all moved into her dorm last week, so we haven’t seen her since Wednesday. Wendy’s flight leaves tomorrow morning, so she’s been hanging around, but since Jessi’s busy with getting set for school and Justin and I have both been working, she hasn’t had anyone to go do things with.  This afternoon, she went to Savannah to take pictures, so she’s been gone most of the afternoon/evening.

Over the weekend, Justin and I both came down with a bug that kicked us on our butts. I got it first, which is never a good sign. If I catch something, with my immune system like a German tank, then it’s a hefty bug. And Justin is always going to catch something after I catch it. Saturday, I was awake for a whole 6 hours. All day. Sunday, I was awake longer, but still very tired. And today, I tried to get up for work on time, but then took 2 Advil and went back to bed until 11:00. I made it to work for the afternoon, but it wasn’t my most productive afternoon ever.

Justin’s also been sleeping a lot. We’re having slightly different symptoms when it comes to how our GI track is handling the bug, with the exception that we’ve both experienced the same stabbing pains in our abdomens. It’s a fun one, l tell ya.

I have, however, picked up a new hobby and since I’ve mostly been sitting around feeling sick all weekend, I had plenty of time to poke at it. I’m getting into embroidery. I like the idea of making handkerchiefs with extremely geeky things hand-embroidered into the corners. So I picked up a kit on Friday and I’ve been working on that, just to get an idea about it. It shares a lot of things in common with the plastic canvas I used to do years ago. I remember not feeling so excited about the counted cross-stitch projects that I tried to do, and I lost enthusiasm for the plastic canvas projects. But the embroidery work I did over the weekend was soothing and I enjoyed it a lot.

I think it could be a lot of fun to get into machine embroidery, too, but more expensive and I’m not ready for that kind of commitment yet.

And that’s where I’ll stop this so I can go try to call Mom.  Have a great evening!

Wait, it’s Monday already?

I don’t know about you, but my weekend went by entirely too quickly.

I worked Friday morning, and ended up working a couple hours longer than anticipated because I had to get the boss’ travel visa submitted before I could go home. Plus, he rescheduled a meeting and asked that I order pizza, so there was that to coordinate, too.

That evening, Becky and Julie came over for our weekly dose of Dr. Who. We cooked out on the grill – hotdogs/brats and corn on the cob. Deliciousness!

Saturday evening, we went to the drive-in theater in Beaufort. I’d never been to a drive-in before – it was so much fun! We went to see The Avengers; Becky and Julie hadn’t seen it yet and Justin and I enjoyed it so much, we wanted to watch it again. It was, once again, a delight! Plus I got to eat popcorn and funnel cake. We sat on lawn chairs in front of our cars with a portable radio on Justin’s lap for the sound. The weather was amazing – clear starry skies and just a hint of a breeze. It got a little cooler as the night set in, maybe into the mid-70s. It was perfect!

The second movie for the evening was John Carter. If you haven’t heard of it, I’m not surprised. If you have heard of it, it’s a terrible movie. The writing is just amazingly awful. Visually, it’s not bad, but it’s really not worth seeing. (When your favorite character of the whole movie is a dog-like frog-thing and not the main characters, you know something has gone wrong.) After the end of Avengers, most of the people left so there wasn’t anybody anywhere nearby where we were sitting. So we sat there and made fun of the film the whole time. It as great fun!

It did mean that I didn’t get to bed until after 2am, and then I had to get up and to church by 8am to practice for the service, but it was worth it.

Sunday morning I sang at church. I always enjoy getting to sing with the band. I sang at church last Mother’s Day, too. I wonder if that’s intentional? After church, I took care of stuff around the house: Justin’s car needed washing because we have a potential buyer interested, laundry needed washing, errands needed running. I picked up the programmable thermostat our landlady approved for us to install. The problem with the air conditioning quitting now and then was diagnosed as being because there’s a wire loose with the current thermostat. So we’re putting in a programmable one and we’re *very* excited about that. I was hoping she’d approve us to get the one that you can program from your phone or the internet, even when you’re not at home, but no such luck.

And I enjoyed a nice long chat with Mom who I don’t talk with nearly often enough. 🙂 I love you, Mom! You said some very true things about the money involved in that decision we’re considering. I didn’t want to hear it, but you’re right, and we’re probably going to hold off on that purchase until after the car is paid off. (Everyone else, I’m sure I’ll write about this once Justin and I have made our decision.)

But I got to work this morning with the overwhelming feeling that I didn’t get nearly as much accomplished over the weekend as I would have liked. I had a heap of a lot of fun doing the things that I did. I just wanted to do more! Sewing projects! Finish the laundry! Work on the attic/office project! (That is not an office in the attic by the way. You’d die if you tried to stay up there in the summer. Instead, this is the attic contents currently overflowing my office.)

I’m so glad the evenings are getting longer – I might be able to work through some of those undone items done after work this week. Otherwise, I’m just going to have to figure out how to pack more into my weekend next week!

How’s it going?

Hi!  How are you doing?  Things going well for you lately?  Keeping busy?  Yeah, me, too!

Thursday last week, Justin and I met up with our friend John, the chiropractor, for the midnight showing of the Avenger’s movie.  SO GOOD!  Oh, my gosh.  I think we might go see it again it was SO fun to watch.  Great scripting, great action scenes, great fun!  I highly recommend this if you haven’t seen it yet.

But it was at midnight, right?  So I worked all day Thursday, came home, went to bed for 5 not-so-great hours of sleep, got up and showered, and went to the movie.  And then we came home, I changed clothes, and went to work while Justin went to sleep.  I worked from 4am to 8am (got a lot of stuff done in that time, too – it’s amazing how much I can get done when no one’s interrupting me), and then went home.

Why?  Because there was no way I was going to be able to sleep after watching that movie.  And besides, we wanted to get out of town in the early afternoon.

So after I got home, I packed while Justin slept.  And then he got up, we took care of a few errands, his sister showed up, and we set off for Atlanta.  Well, technically, we set off for Bethlehem, GA, where our friends Bill and Heddi (and Jenny) live, so we could go out to dinner with them for really delicious Chinese food.  And we sat there chatting for a long time before heading off to our hotel near Fairburn, GA, just south of Atlanta.

We got in and I crashed after being awake for 24 hours.  We got up the next morning and went to the Renaissance Festival for the day with our friends Becky and Julie.  We brought Jessi, Justin’s sister, as her birthday present (Happy Birthday, Jessi! — she turns 21 tomorrow).  So we wandered around the fair, catching a show of the Zucchini Brothers (juggling) and Hey Nunni Nunni (traveling singing nuns) and the Tortuga Twins (naughty hilarity and sword-play).  I bought a necklace – I think I’ve got a necklace the last four years of going to this festival.  It was a lot of fun and I didn’t get nearly as sunburned as I feared.

Afterward, we went back to the hotel to swim and shower and then went out to dinner together.  Have you ever eaten at Mellow Mushroom?  Their calzones are amazing!

The next day, we were hoping to catch up with Bill and Heddi again, but Heddi has finals this week, so she was up to her eyeballs in studying and couldn’t get away.  But it meant that we were back home slightly after 6pm instead of nearly midnight, which was a perk.

Especially because I had to get up for work at 5:30 Monday morning.  That evening was pretty much recovery from the weekend.  We had leftovers from the weekend for dinner and I watched TV.  Justin played Mass Effect – he got the third game for super cheap but he has to replay the first two games to get the carry-over content into the third because that was lost when his computer died, I guess.

Yesterday, though, I got home and cleaned up downstairs.  It wasn’t a very thorough clean where I dust and wipe down the fronts of appliances, but the floors were a mess so everything got vacuumed / mopped.  And there was mail piled up on the table and stuff from my car that had been brought in to make space over the weekend and the trash and recycling need to get taken out.  We’re working on cleaning up the attic and planning to have a garage sale in the middle of June, so the TV stand that we used at the old house but haven’t even unwrapped since we got here was sitting in the middle of the living room and driving Justin nuts.  So I hid that behind the sofa.  And all my sewing stuff was all over because I’m working on making cushion covers for Becky’s Casita (the camper trailer that they’re living in right now) and I made that all into a neat little pile.

Basically, there was stuff everywhere and it was getting overwhelming.  So since I was feeling energetic, I took care of it.  I should go back and dust and all those more fine details, but honestly?  There’s laundry to do and the attic to finish and the office to do after that, so it’s highly unlikely that the dusting is going to happen any time soon.

But that’s okay.  I can walk into the kitchen without cringing at the mold growing in the vase of flowers (*sigh*) and sit in the living room without walking around the grocery bag filled with card games. I call that a win!

And I call this a forever long ramble, so I’m going to close it up there.  But it was a really fun weekend and I didn’t want to pass by without talking about it a little.  🙂